Posts Tagged ‘NFC’

Enigmatic Apple CEO Tim Cook used his company’s fourth quarter earnings call to make an extremely important announcement regarding the future of the company’s contactless payment platform, Apple Pay. After announcing extremely positive results that included the sale of 48 million iPhones and quarterly revenue of $51.5 billion, Cook also announced a strategic and highly beneficial partnership with American Express that will see Apple Pay extended into a number of territories that the company classes as “key global markets”.

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Today, Google’s Director of Product Management, Android Pay, Pali Bhat, took to the official Android blog to announce the official roll out of Android Pay across more than a million locations in the United States. The payment solution allows you to use your Android smartphone to make payments at vendors that accept tap and pay solutions.

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Coin, the electronic card that aimed at solving all your credit/debit/loyalty card woes, has just received a major hardware update in the form of the second generation of the product, aptly named Coin 2.0. Among a variety of enhancements, Coin 2.0 adds support for NFC-based payments, making it all that better for daily use.

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The official combination of hardware and software feature sets that ship with most devices is usually enough, but in some cases it just makes sense for developers to push the boundaries a little and extend the published capabilities of a device.

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A part of iOS 7 that has received next to no discussion but has the potential to be the biggest addition to the iOS feature set, iBeacon is Apple’s attempt at taking location aware apps to the next level and, if the latest tests shown by Major League Baseball are anything to go by, then they might just be onto something.

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If you use your Android smartphone or tablet for even half the purposes that an average geek would put it to, chances are strong that you have pretty sensitive data stored in there that you’d definitely not want to get in the wrong hands. Truth be told, today’s smartphones are no long mere communication devices; they’re photo albums with all the pictures of our loved ones, they’re our personal information managers, holding all our contact lists, appointments, schedules etc., then these devices are also our internet hubs, storing all content ready for access by anyone who can get into your device. And these examples constitute only the tip of the iceberg; the rabbit hole goes far deeper.

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In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been met with an almost non-stop barrage of iPhone 5 part leaks. The mobile device repairs companies have been receiving the innards of the upcoming device sporadically, and now, we can take a close look at the earpiece speaker of the iPhone 5.

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Samsung may have been shrouded in a little bit of controversy over the last few weeks and had their public reputation somewhat tarnished, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that they produce some fantastic and popular devices, that are in some cases, ahead of the competition in the industry. I am willing to go out on a limb and suggest that their legal wrangling’s with Apple are far from over, with more to come surrounding Apple’s request to have specific devices banned in the United States, but until that day in court comes upon us, there is some good news on the horizon for Samsung Galaxy S III owners.

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Anand Shimpi has been rounding up the rumors with regards to the next iPhone, and yesterday concluded the likelihood of Apple implementing NFC into its smartphone was decidedly slim. Now, Jim Dalrymple has corroborated that notion, with the famous Cupertino insider chipping in with his familiar “yep” quip.

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We are all hoping that everyone at Apple headquarters will wake up in an extremely good mood one day and decide that it will be a perfect time to arrange a spur of the moment media event, announcing the immediate release of the new iPhone. However, we all know that the likelihood is we won’t see a hardware release until October of this year, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating and discussing what Apple’s next-generation iPhone will bring.

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According to one analyst, a mobile payment service – likely incorporating NFC technology – is in the offing from Apple, and will be implemented into both the iPad and iPhone in the not-so-distant future.

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The iPhone 4S is now three months old, which means the inevitable barrage of rumors and speculation will be hitting our screens in the coming weeks and months regarding future devices from Apple, especially the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. The rumor train shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering it happens with every product release, but as the Apple products gain more popularity around the world, the focus on the rumors intensifies.

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